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(12) Demande de brevet: (11) CA 2957650
(54) Titre français: ARRANGEMENT DE REVETEMENT D'UNE IMPRIMANTE 3D ET METHODE D'APPLICATION DE DEUX COUCHES DE MATERIAU DE CONSTRUCTION PARTICULAIRE
(54) Titre anglais: COATING ARRANGEMENT FOR A 3D PRINTER AND METHOD FOR APPLYING TWO LAYERS OF PARTICULATE CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL
(51) Classification internationale des brevets (CIB):
  • B29C 64/205 (2017.01)
  • B33Y 40/00 (2015.01)
  • B29C 64/153 (2017.01)
  • B29C 64/165 (2017.01)
  • B29C 64/194 (2017.01)
  • B29C 67/00 (2017.01)
(72) Inventeurs (Pays):
  • HOECHSMANN, RAINER (Allemagne)
  • MUELLER, ALEXANDER (Allemagne)
  • KLAUA, SVEN (Allemagne)
(73) Titulaires (Pays):
  • EXONE GMBH (Allemagne)
(71) Demandeurs (Pays):
  • EXONE GMBH (Allemagne)
(74) Agent: BLAKE, CASSELS & GRAYDON LLP
(45) Délivré:
(86) Date de dépôt PCT: 2015-08-25
(87) Date de publication PCT: 2016-03-03
Requête d’examen: 2017-02-08
(30) Licence disponible: S.O.
(30) Langue des documents déposés: Anglais

(30) Données de priorité de la demande:
Numéro de la demande Pays Date
10 2014 112 469.3 Allemagne 2014-08-29

Abrégé français

L'invention concerne un système de revêtement 1 pour imprimante 3D, présentant un dispositif de revêtement 3 qui comporte un récipient 17 définissant une cavité interne qui est destinée à recevoir un matériau de construction particulaire et qui débouche dans une ouverture destinée à céder le matériau de construction particulaire, et un élément racle 15a à partir duquel est formée une surface de raclage orientée vers le bas, et qui est conçu pour racler le matériau de construction, déversé par l'ouverture, par ladite surface de raclage aux fins de nivellement et/ou de compactage du matériau particulaire cédé. Le système de revêtement 1 présente également un dispositif de réglage 13 qui est conçu pour le réglage variable d'un angle d'inclinaison de la surface de raclage 15a.


Abrégé anglais

The invention relates to a coating arrangement (1) for a 3D printer, which comprises a coating device (3) which comprises a container (17) defining an internal hollow space used to receive particulate construction material, said internal hollow space leading into an opening for discharging said particulate construction material, and an application element (15a) from which an application surface which is oriented downwards is formed and which is designed to pass over the construction material discharged via the opening in order to thus level and/or compress the discharged particulate material. Said coating arrangement (1) also comprises an adjusting device (13) which is designed to variably adjust an angle of inclination of the application element (15a).


Note : Les revendications sont présentées dans la langue officielle dans laquelle elles ont été soumises.


Claims

1. Coating device arrangement (1) for a 3D printer (100), comprising.
a coating device (3) having a container (17) defining an inner cavity for
receiving particulate construction material (PM) which leads to an opening for
outputting
the particulate construction material, and a stroking member (15a), by which a

downward oriented stroking surface is formed and which is configured to stroke
over
construction material output from the opening using the stroking surface, to
thereby
level and/or compress the output particulate material,
characterized by
a setting device (13) configured to variably set an inclination angle
(.alpha.) of the
stroking surface.
2. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 1, wherein the setting

device (13) comprises a drive (13a) by which the inclination angle (.alpha.)
of the stroking
surface is modifiable.
3. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 2, wherein the drive
(13a)
is a linear drive or a pivot or rotary drive.
4. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the
drive
(13a) is chosen from the group consisting of a hydraulic drive, a pneumatic
drive, an
electric drive and combinations thereof.
5. Coating device arrangement (1) according to any one of claims 2 to 4,
wherein the drive (13a) is configured to variably set the inclination angle
(.alpha.) of the
stroking surface directly using the drive itself.
6. Coating device arrangement (1) according to any one of claims 2 to 5,
wherein the setting device (13) further comprises a limit stop (13b)
configured to limit a



movement generated by the drive (13a) to a particular degree to thereby set
the
inclination angle (.alpha.) of the stroking surface.
7. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 6, wherein the limit
stop
(13b) is variably adjustable, so that the inclination angle (.alpha.) of the
stroking surface is
variably adjustable by adjusting the limit stop.
8. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 7, wherein the limit
stop
(13b) is electrically adjustable.
9. Coating device arrangement (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 8,
wherein the setting device (13) is formed as a pivot device which is
configured to pivot
the stroking member (15a) to thereby set the inclination angle (.alpha.) of
the stroking
surface.
10. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 9, wherein the pivot
device is configured to pivot the coating device (3) to thereby pivot the
stroking member
(15a) and to hereby set the inclination angle (.alpha.) of the stroking
surface.
11 Coating device arrangement (1) according to any one of the preceding
claims, further comprising a bearing block (11) at which the coating device
(3) is
pivotably supported.
12. Coating device arrangement (1) according to any one of the preceding
claims, further comprising a linear guiding structure (103) along which the
coating
device (3) and/or the bearing block (11) according to claim 11 are
displaceable
13. Coating device arrangement (1) according to any one of the preceding
claims, further comprising a control unit (C) which is connected to the
setting device
(13), for example to the drive (13a) and/or to the limit stop (13b), and which
is
configured to control the setting device in such a manner that the latter
sets/adjusts the
inclination angle (.alpha.), for example sets and/or readjusts the inclination
angle (.alpha.) to an
initial value, for example during a construction job

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14. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 13, wherein the control
unit (C) is configured to set the inclination angle (.alpha.) according to a
used particulate
material composition and/or one or more ambient conditions and/or a desired
degree of
compression to an initial value, for example based on a respectively
associated
parameter or set of parameters stored in the control unit.
15. Coating device arrangement (1) according to any one of the preceding
claims, further comprising:
an inclination sensor (S.alpha.) which is configured to measure a value which
is
representative of the current inclination angle (.alpha.) of the stroking
surface.
16. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 15, wherein the
inclination
sensor (S.alpha.) is connected to the control unit (C) according to claim 13
or 14, and wherein
the control unit is further configured to set the inclination angle (.alpha.)
based on the value
measured by the inclination sensor, for example to set and/or readjust the
inclination
angle (.alpha.) to an initial value.
17. Coating device arrangement (1) according to any one of the preceding
claims, further comprising:
a density sensor (S.rho.) which is configured to measure a value which is
representative of the density of an applied layer.
18. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 17, wherein the density
sensor (S.rho.) is connected to the control unit (C) according to any one of
claims 13, 14 or
16, and wherein the control unit is further configured to set, for example to
readjust, the
inclination angle (.alpha.) based on the value measured by the density sensor
(S.rho.), for
example to regulate the density to a desired value and/or to change a desired
value of
the inclination angle depending on the measured density value and/or to reduce
a
disturbance value.
19. Coating device arrangement (1) according to any one of the preceding
claims, wherein:

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the coating device (3) is formed as a bidirectional coating device configured
to
output construction material on a journey and on a return journey of the
coating device,
the coating device (3) comprises a stroking member (15a, 15b) on each of two
opposite sides of the opening, so that particulate construction material
output from the
opening during the journey can be stroked using a first one of the stroking
members,
and particulate construction material output from the opening during the
return journey
can be stroked using a second one of the stroking members, and
the setting device (13) is configured to set the inclination angle (.alpha.)
of the
stroking surface of the first stroking member (15a) for a leveling
and/or compression of the output particulate construction material for the
journey, and
to set the inclination angle (.alpha.) of the stroking surface of the second
stroking member
(15b) for a leveling and/or compression of the output particulate construction
material
for the return journey
20 Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 19, wherein the
setting
device (13) is configured to adjust the inclination angle (.alpha.) of the
stroking surface of the
first stroking member (15a) and the inclination angle (.alpha.) of the
stroking surface of the
second stroking member (15b) together.
21. Coating device arrangement (1) according to claim 19 or 20, wherein the

setting device (13) is configured to pivot the coating device (3) in a first
direction for the
journey, to thereby set the inclination angle (.alpha.) of the stroking
surface of the first
stroking member (15a) for a leveling
and/or compression of the output particulate construction material, and to
pivot the
coating device (3) in a second direction opposite to the first direction for
the return
journey, to thereby set the inclination angle (.alpha.) of the stroking
surface of the second
stroking member (15b) for a leveling and/or compression of the output
particulate
construction material.
22. 3D printer (100), comprising a coating device arrangement (1) according
to
any one of the preceding claims.

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23.
Method for applying two layers of a particulate construction material, wherein
a coating device (3) including a container (17) having an inner cavity which
is
filled with particulate construction material (PM) and leads to an opening for
outputting
the particulate construction material is moved in a first direction across a
construction
field to form a first layer of construction material during a first travel,
the particulate construction material output from the opening during the first

travel is stroked using a first stroking member (15a) by which a stroking
surface, facing
the construction field, is formed to level and/or to compress the output
particulate
material using the stroking surface,
the coating device (3) is moved in a second direction across the construction
field to form a second layer of construction material during a second travel,
the particulate construction material output from the opening during the
second
travel is stroked using a second stroking member (15b) by which a stroking
surface,
facing the construction field, is formed to level and/or compress the output
particulate
material using the stroking surface,
the coating device (3) is pivoted in a first direction for the first travel to
thereby
set the inclination angle (.alpha.) of the stroking surface of the first
stroking member (15a) for
a leveling and/or compression of the output particulate construction material,
and
the coating device (3) is pivoted in a second direction for the second travel
to
thereby set the inclination angle (.alpha.) of the stroking surface of the
second stroking
member (15b) for a leveling and/or compression of the output particulate
construction
material.

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Titre Date
(86) Date de dépôt PCT 2015-08-25
(87) Date de publication PCT 2016-03-03
(85) Entrée nationale 2017-02-08
Requête d'examen 2017-02-08

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